LONEOSLowell Observatory Near-Earth-Object Search
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An apparently asteroidal 17th magnitude object discovered on CCD images taken with the LONEOS 0.59m Schmidt telescope on April 1.20 and posted on the NEOCP was found by other astrometric observers to be cometary on their CCD images.
Spahr, Minor Planet Center, identified the object with the apparently asteroidal object 2001 [HT.sub.50], observed by LINEAR on Apr 23 and by LONEOS on Apr 26, and then found observations back to March 3 [IAUC 7624, 2001 May 14].
An apparently asteroidal object of 19th magnitude reported by LONEOS (observer W.
'All were found while observing for the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS) project.
Williams also identified LONEOS observations of the object on April 10.
LONEOS collaborates with Minor Planet Research, Inc., where Robert A.
predicted the V magnitude with fair accuracy (standard deviation of 0.038 mag) when comparing V(Loneos) - V(calculated) using the above linear relationship.
A plethora of comets named LINEAR, LONEOS, and NEAT have dominated the International Astronomical Union Circulars for the past several years.
In an era when comet discoveries are dominated by automated sky surveys such as LINEAR, LONEOS, and NEAT, it is refreshing to have a new comet discovered by amateurs.
I also obtain images of a set of standard comparison stars selected from the LONEOS catalog maintained by Lowell Observatory.
Is there hope in the future that amateurs will still visually discover comets, despite aggressive automated searches by professional astronomers involved in programs such as LINEAR, LONEOS, and Spacewatch?
Those comets discovered using data from space missions or professional surveys, such as SOHO, LINEAR, and LONEOS, do not qualify.